Winter - with its combination of dry indoor heating and dry outdoor winds - can can be especially rough on legs. Some days the skin on my shins can flake as much as if they were peeling from sunburn.
The Clarisonic Brush
($175) is invaluable and works especially well on scaly legs if used on dry skin before hopping into the shower for an additional rub down with your exfoliator of choice. I recently started using Nutra-Lift One Step Body Scrub ($18), which is more of a shower gel that scrubs (with walnut shells). Nutra-Lift claims that delivers up to 100 times more moisture than your average shower gel. It exfoliates with walnut shells and there are 14 antioxidants in addition to seaweed extract making it good enough to really spend time massaging in. For more of a typical exfoliant, I still love the Malie Body Polish
($42 and one of our Five Best body scrubs
) from the Hawaiian spa that grows its own organic ingredients. In summer, this provides so much hydration that a moisturizer isn't even needed.
That can't be said for winter though and I find myself using This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil ($60)as well as a moisturizer. You gotta love the cheeky self-confidence of the name and if you use this a few times a week, flaky and thirsty skin will be a thing of the past. I’ve discovered that the trick is to use a small amount as too much doesn’t absorb. One of the main ingredients is macadamia oil. Macadamians are amazingly nutritional and 22% of the oil is omega 7, a fatty acid. You’ll be even more impressed by peach kernal oil, which is 44% fatty acids and relieves irritations and itching. Dry Leg Oil lasts forever.
For moisturizers, I am still really liking Nutra Lift's White Chocolate Body Butter
($24 at the TIA store
), which is rich, has a fabulous chocolaty smell and is packed with antiaging ingredients. You'll also find that Bubalina's Pumpkin Body Butter
will do a body good. Pumpkin, which is here in oil, extract and enzyme form, is full of beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese.
And if you shave your legs, as I do, keeping them silky smooth and hydrated can be even more challenging. I have, after much trial and error, I have finally found a shaving cream that gives a close crop and isn't at all drying. In fact, Aubrey Organics Orange Cream Shave Cream ($5.49), is so full of natural emollients that moisturizer is barely required afterwards.
Ingredients in Aubrey Organics Shave Cream:
Aqua, alcohol denat. (38b, organic lavender), myristyl alcohol (coconut fatty alcohol), hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, sodium palmate (palm soap), sodium cocoate (coconut soap), prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, glycerin, vanilla planifolia, panthenol (vitamin B-5), organic aloe barbadensis leaf, glycine soja (soybean) oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, illicium verum (anise) oil, aniba rosaeodora (rosewood) wood oil, cananga odorata (ylang) flower oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil, juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil, citrus paradisi (grapefruit) peel oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, litsea cubeba fruit oil, citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil, citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil, cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, citrus reticulata (red mandarin) oil.
Ingredients in Nutra-Lift One Step Body Scrub:
Organic aloe barbadensis gel, cocamide-betaine, walnut shells, marine algae extract, ascorbly glucosamine (vitamin C), ascorbly palmitate (vitamin c ester) sesame seed oil, rosemary, milk thistle, bilberry, butylene glyco, glycerin (vegetable), hydroxypropymethylcellose, tocopheryl linoleate (natural vitamin E), polyphosphoxylcholine glycol acrylate (sugar extract), blue-green algae, grapefruit seed extract, clover blossom extract, coltsfoot extract, calcium pantothenate, birch leaf extract, horsetail extract, nettle extract, sage extract, peppermint extract, yarrow extract, birch sap, hyaloronic acid, allantoin (natural), ethoxydiglycol, Inositol, sodium coca-sulfate and potassium cocoate and tea wheat germate, lemon-lavender-ylang-ylang-rosemary-macadamia extracts, dead sea minerals salts, citric acid, colloidal minerals.
Ingredients in Malie Organic Body Polish:
Hawaiian sea salt, organic virgin coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, mango butter, organic vanilla bean, organic vitamin E, vanilla essential oil, Kaua"i clay, organic grapefruit seed extract, organic citric acid, organic tapioca, organic tumeric
Ingredients in This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil:
Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Oenthera beinnis (Evening Primrose) oil, Prunus persica (Peach Kernel) oil, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) oil, Rosa rubiginosa (Rosehip) seed oil, Rosa centifolia (Rose) oil, Pelargonium capitatum (Geranium) oil, Cananga odorata (Ylang Ylang) oil, Santalum alba (Sandalwood) oil, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) oil, Citrus dulcis (Sweet Orange) oil, Boswellia carterii (Frankincense) oil, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) oil, Polianthes tubersose (Tuberose) oil, Aniba rosaedora (Rosewood) oil, Citrus bergamia (Bergamot) oil, Anthemis nobilis (Camomile Roman) oil, Parfum (Pure essential oils), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Benzyl Benzoate*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*. *natural essential oil contents
Ingredients in Nutra Lift White Chocolate Body Butter:
Organic aloe vera gel, seaweed, vitamin C ester, plant derived isotearyl palmitate, cetyl esters, plant derived gms 450, stearic acid, marine collagen, almond oil, sesame oil, organic white chocolate, vitamin B5 di-panthenol, DMAE, organic royal jelly, cocoa butter, hydrolyzed wheat protein, xanthum gum, natural mixed tocopherols & tocotrienols (vit.E) alpha lipoic acid, guarana, green tea, carrot extract, olive extract, shea butter, CO Q 10, grape seed extract, flax seed oil, hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin F, vitamin K, fruit flower complex, anti-aging complex, herbal complex, blue green algae, orange/cucumber extract, colloidal minerals
Ingredients in Bubalina:
Organic aloe juice, organic sunflower oil, glyceryl stearate, kosher vegetable glycerin, octyl palmitate, organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, cetyl alcohol, potassium stearate, organic beeswax, jojoba oil, tamanu oil, carageenan (seaweed thickener), cucumber, borage oil, flax seed oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic rose hip oil, panthenol, allantoin, organic arnica, organic lavender, organic calendula, organic chamomile, grapeseed oil, macadamia, sodium carbomer, retinyl palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexyl glycerin, organic ginger extract, pumpkin seed oil, pumpkin extract, pumpkin enzymes, FDA fragrance.